John Doerfler was born November 2, 1964, and was ordained a priest for the Green Bay Diocese in 1991. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota; and a bachelor of theology from the Gregorian University, Rome. He holds a licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America and a licentiate and doctorate from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Washington.
He has written on medical ethics and reproductive technology for “The Linacre Quarterly,” a journal; and “Ethics and Medics,” a commentary of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
The Marquette diocese includes 16,281 square miles across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It has a population of 311,629 people, with 48,207, or 15 percent of them, Catholic.